Fruits and Veggies - Fresh Canned Frozen

Rainbow Pepper & Beef Stir-fry

From the Strive for Five at School! Resources
Adapted from The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook, Elizabeth Baird

Preheat oven to 375°F
2 roasting pans
Yield: 10
Portion: 1/2 cup (125 mL)
Cost per serving: $1.00

2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil
3/4 lb (300 g) beef strips
1 1/2 peppers (1/2 red, 1/2 orange, 1/2 yellow)
1/4 cup (50 mL) teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup (50 mL) water
1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch
1 tsp (5 mL) water
2 green onions
1 cup (250 mL) matchstick carrots
1/4 lb (110 g) spaghetti

1 Place 1 tsp (5 mL) of the oil in a roasting pan, distribute the beef strips in a single layer over the pan, and bake for about 20–30 minutes, until no longer pink. Do not overcook as this will make the strips tough.
2 Wash the peppers, cut in half, and remove the seeds; then cut into strips.
3 Place the remaining oil in the other roasting pan, distribute the pepper strips in a single layer over the pan, and bake for about 20–30 minutes, until soft.
4 While the beef strips and pepper strips are in the oven, combine the teriyaki sauce, 1/4 cup (50 mL) of water, and cider vinegar; bring to a boil. Make a paste with the cornstarch and 1 tsp (5 mL) of water. Whisk the cornstarch paste into the teriyaki mixture. Stir until glossy.
5 Chop the green onions.
6 Combine the cooked beef and pepper strips, green onions, and matchstick carrots. Stir in the teriyaki sauce.
7 Bring 4 cups (1 L) of water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook for 10 minutes to the al dente stage (firm but not hard).
8 Drain the spaghetti and combine with the beef/pepper mixture. Keep warm in the oven until serving time.

Tip: This bright sliced peppers/beef combination has good eye appeal. Select beef strips from inside-round or sirloin-tip cuts, so they are not tough. Tofu could be substituted for the beef. Rice could be served instead of spaghetti or the mixture could be placed in a whole wheat tortilla wrap.

Did You Know?

Most people think that bell peppers are vegetables, but they are actually a fruit.


Peppers come in many colours, including green, yellow, red, and even brown and purple.


The number of peppers eaten by people in Canada has increased dramatically in the last 20 years.